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NRG Park management board meets after Astroworld Festival tragedy

HCSCC said thousands of festivalgoers could have entered NRG Park without tickets when fans rushed the gates long before Travis Scott's performance.

HOUSTON — The Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation met Wednesday for the first time since Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival tragedy on Nov. 5.

HCSCC runs NRG Park, where the event was held.

The public was invited to comment, but no citizens showed up to listen or signed up to speak. HCSCC is among several entities and entertainers being sued after 10 people died and hundreds of others have claimed they were injured.

The lawsuits were not addressed, but security was.

HPD says there were 528 Houston police officers working that night and a reported 755 private security guards on duty, but that number remains unverified.

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“This year to last year we significantly increased security almost doubling them. We added gates between the Yellow and Green lots to improve traffic flow and greatly expanded the footprint, extended it over to the blue lot to give room for the crowd,” NRG Park General Manager Mark Miller said at the meeting.

As has been reported, there was plenty of total space for the crowd, which was estimated at 50,000 by the Houston Fire Department, but too many people surged next to the stage, causing deaths and injuries.

Astroworld Festival started badly when fans stormed the gates, knocking over barricades.

“We have 50,000 attendees at the festival. Do you have an update on the numbers of attendees?” HCSCC Chairman of the Board Edgar Colón asked Miller during the meeting.

“Live Nation throughout the day was sending us scanner reports. The final scanner report we have from their ticketing system was 37,858,” Miller replied.

That is roughly 12,000 fewer people than the crowd estimate, leaving Houstonians to wonder how many people entered the venue without a ticket.

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